The eighth movie of this action franchise misfires heavily in the first act, but eventually kicks into gear for a fun and enjoyable movie to watch while cramming popcorn in your face. Click through to read my full review
‘The Fate of the Furious‘ starts us off in Cuba where Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are finally enjoying their honeymoon. They are taking in the city until Dom gets roped into a street race defending his little cousin. Dom is racing the man with “the fastest car on the island” with his cousins car which “everyone knows is the slowest car on the island”. Race insanity ensues that reminds how crazy these movies have become. The next day Dom meets Cipher (Charlize Theron) where she somehow convinces him to go work for her and turn his back on and betray his family. From there I don’t want to say much more about the plot because the trailers have done a surprisingly good job at keeping the actual plot of the movie a secret and I won’t be the one to spoil anything for you.
Now, this film is absolutely out of its mind. And not necessarily in a good way. The action is so absolutely outlandish and logic is thrown completely out the window. In fact, I was absolutely over the movie by the time the opening in Cuba came to a close due to the poor dialogue and ridiculous action. I was laughing at the movie more than I was laughing with it during the first act. I still don’t like how all the characters are practically superheroes/secret agents/geniuses now. But, as long as you just roll with the movie and take it for what it is you will most likely have a good time.
What was surprising to me was actually how much I ended up enjoying the movie after that first act had me ready to check out. But, they slowly won me back as the film went on through some fun action bits and hilarious one-liners. In fact, despite the first act, I think this was the most purely enjoyable movie since ‘Fast Five‘. That does not mean that it is a better movie than any of its predecessors, but it was just fun. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham steal the movie and Statham also gets one of the best action sequences in the franchise. And the film does have quite a few surprises and twists that I’m still shocked were not spoiled in the marketing campaign.
However, I was laughing at the movie more than the producers would’ve liked, I’m sure. Ciphers’ evil plan is dumb once revealed and she never really does anything to make herself stand out among all the villains in the franchise that came before. And the movie does feel like it doesn’t have the same heart that any of the other movies had. I think that is because the movie is missing one major thing; Paul Walker. In a sense this movie acted as a soft reboot of the franchise to fully move on without him. But, if you liked any of the last few movies in this franchise, you will have a good time at the very least. Go with some friends, buy a large popcorn and sugary soda, enjoy the trailers, then shut off your brain when the movie starts, and just watch the non-sense put forth. This franchise still has legs and against all odds, I want to see another one. #F8
‘The Fate of the Furious‘ is directed by F. Gary Gray and opens in theaters on April 14th